School: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Today the world is facing serious problems due to human population explosion, poverty, inequality,pollution, political manipulation of the public for corporate benefit, the abuse of public and natural resources, and the dangers of toxic emissions, to name a few. By the turn of the millennium, as the dangers of global warming and the consequent climate change became evident, the limitations of a human-centric view of environment became clear. Therefore, in the recent years there has been a shift to a more holistic approach based on ecology - a view that sees humankind as part of an interconnected web of life. It becomes imperative to understand the interactions between the human systems and the natural world. The course will help students to develop professional skills for planning and implementing strategies to address various conservation related issues by taking into consideration related social issues.
All the courses in the proposed MA programme will work towards an elaborate understanding of Environment, Ecology and Sustainable development. The programme is a combination of theoretical knowledge, awareness of contemporary environmental issues and fieldwork experiences. The aim of the course is to provide knowledge and skills to the students, which will help them understand the existing problems effecting our environment, possible ways to reduce such impacts and increase awareness in communities. This professional course will give students the opportunity to understand the institutional structures concerning environment, both at the local and international level, as well as the policies, issues and problems of India and strategies to address these.
By the end of the course students will be able to understand
1. man-environment interaction and the different approaches to studying environment and ecology.
2. interrelationships of resource use, economics, politics and their impact on the environment;
3. environmental issues and their linkages to politics of development at the local, regional and global level.
4. issues in environmental economics and natural resource economics.
5. problems and debates of developing countries.
6. skill required for analyzing and developing strategy to address ecological and environmental issues by taking into consideration the social perspective.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Total number of credits: 69
Courses to be offered and Distribution of Credits
Understanding Society, Culture and Identity
Economy, Polity and Governance
Social Exclusion and Social Policies
Fundamentals in Ecology
Ecology and Environment: Social Science Perspective
Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Development
Total credits in 1st semester
Development: Concepts, Theories, Dimensions and Strategies
India’s Development Experience
Introduction to the issues in the North East India
Biodiversity Conservation and Management
Ethnoecology and Natural Resource Management
Biostatistics and its application
Technology, Development and Society (CBCS option)
Climate Change and Natural Disasters
Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
Total credits in 2nd semester
Environmental and Public Health (CBCS Option)
Conservation based Rural Livelihood
Gender, Environment and Sustainable Development
Application GIS and Remote Sensing
Total credits in 3rd semester
Population, Migration and Environment
Industrialization and Urbanization
EIA, SIA and Auditing
Environment Conflicts and Movements
Total credits in 4th semester
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